Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Prop Your Feet Up

Sorry I have been absent so long. I promise even though you haven’t heard from me doesn’t mean I am not doing projects.

Sometime this spring, I curbed this lovely ottoman. I don’t usually curb upholstered things but I knew I could easily strip this one down to wood and springs so I picked it up along with several other odds and ends._MG_5756
Lovely bird isn't it? Every time I saw it, I heard “BBRRAWWWWKKK!”_MG_5761

I started peeling back the nasty, dusty layers and lots of staples.


Which brought me here:_MG_5767

I bought 2 burlap coffee bags for $30 through Restore Interiors’ “Restore Alabama” silent action to help those hit by the tornados this spring. I got my bags from a cute little gal who blogs at reFreshreStyle. She covered a great chair with another sack. Check it out here!
I cut up an old duvet to use as the new padding. I put down probably 7 or 8 layers but which turned out firm but soft and free :) I didn’t take pictures through the recovering steps. It was so simple it would have bored you.

Ottoman 1-1


 One thing of note, I cut the edges around the legs to the right length and then just hot glued them down. To give it a more polished look, I added upholstery nails to around the tops of the legs.
Cost breakdown:
Ottoman base: free!
Batting/Padding: free!
Burlap Coffee bag: $15 (I only used 1)
Upholstery nails: $3
Total: $18!

I hope to re-home it through a consignment shop here in Dallas and make a little craft supply money. But mostly our house was overflowing with furniture so it will be good to have this tripping hazard gone.

My ottoman is party with these great blogs:

The Shabby NestLadybird Ln


  1. The ottoman looks so good! Hurrah! You're back in blog land! Hurrah! K, I'll calm down. I've never reupholstered anything before, but it seems easy enough for me maybe? Ha.

  2. i LOVE this!! it looks so great! Definitely want to make one!

  3. love this ottoman! Great job, the burlap sack gives it so much charm. If you have time I would love it if you come over and share this at my linky party this week.

  4. I LOVE the way this turned out!!! I'd love it if you'd come link this up at my Home and Family Friday linky party!


  5. Great job. I love the print and texture the burlap bag gives the ottoman is terrific.

  6. I love it, I'll do a feature on you soon!? It looks great!!! Thanks, Debbie

  7. You're a brave girl to tackle that nastiness! Your "new" ottoman looks fabulous!
    thanks for linking up and linking back, I'm catching you this week.

  8. It looks awesome! I have Rwandan coffee bags from Land of 1000 Hills coffee. I love the idea and may try it if I can figure out a way around the sewing part! :)

  9. So cute, I just love the vintage feel, such a great transformation! Thanks for showing off!


  10. Great job! I found your blog researching how to cover my own old ottoman with coffee-sack burlap. Thanks for making it look so easy :)

  11. Just came across your blog and love the transformation of this ottoman. I am working on something just like this and am having trouble finding upholstery nail heads. Where did you get yours? I actually was thinking of spray painting thumbtacks, but they aren't deep enough to go through the fabric and into the wood of the ottoman. How deep are the upholstery nail heads? Thanks so much - I look forward to hearing from you.

    Jenna, SAS Interiors